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Class of ’88 Barleywine Style Ale (North Coast/Rogue/Deschutes)

I love the idea behind these “Class of ’88” beers. A bunch of breweries who were all founded in 1988 have gotten together to created a commemorative recipe. They then go to their respective brewery and brew said recipe. The result being the beer I’m here to review.

Class of 88 Barleywine labelCLASS OF ’88 BARLEYWINE STYLE ALE is a collaboration between North Coast, Rogue, and Deschutes. This particular version was brewed at North Coast and has an even 10% ABV.

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Old Cunundrum aged in Brandy Barrels (FiftyFifty Brewing)

I decided to save the biggest FiftyFifty beer for last, probably not the best idea, but whatever. When I ordered the Barleywine I was pleasantly surprised to find out that they also had a brandy barrel aged version on tap, and as we all know you always go with the barrel aged version.

FiftyFifty Brewing logo 2OLD CONUNDRUM is an American Barleywine aged in Christian Brothers’ brandy barrels. It clocks in with a 9.8% ABV.

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Old Guardian 2012 (Stone Brewing Co.)

Here is a beer that I’ve been sitting on since April of last year. Which I think may have been a good thing.

Stone Old Guardian 2012 labelOLD GUARDIAN is an American Barleywine from Stone Brewing Company. This (late) winter release has a 85 IBUs and an 11% ABV.

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Kentucky Blue (Ladyface Alehouse & Brasserie)

A few weeks back I ventured over to Paramount Ranch for the Topanga Canyon Banjo & Fiddle Contest. The sun was shining, the music was pumping, and the beer was flowing. After several hours of country, bluegrass, roots, western, and traditional music I felt the perfect way to end the day was to swing by Ladyface Alehouse & Brasserie for some dinner and drinks. There cask beer was a barrel-aged version of their Barleywine that I knew I must have.

KENTUCKY BLUE is an American Barleywine with a 10.5% ABV.

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77th Anniversary Ale (Bootlegger’s Brewery)

The Barleywine is a style that I don’t drink that often and it’s not because I don’t enjoy them. It just seems that: 1. They’re not that common. 2. They’re usually seasonal. and 3. They’re big and not great for sessions (or beer events where I find myself drinking all day). With that being said, my fourth beer of the day was their 77th ANNIVERSARY ALE.

77th Anniversary Ale is an American Barleywine with a, small for the style, 7.7% ABV.

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Hog Heaven (Avery Brewing)

Hog Heaven is a dry-hopped Barleywine from Avery Brewing Company. This pig…I mean big beer has 104 IBUs, a 9.2% ABV is available year-round in 22 oz. bottles and on tap.

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Mile High Barley Wine (Samuel Adams)

Mile High Barley Wine is another one of the Longshot Homebrew Contest winners.  This big beer has an impressive 9.8% ABV.

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